Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 33

Winter , BY THE GL AS S Tampa Skyline by Jerry Fergson THE ONLY WINTER DRAFT HERE IS CRAFT BEER Tampa Bay, FLorida This winter, escape the cold for a taste of all things sunny and crafty. Tampa Bay was ranked in the top three U.S. beer cities by USA Today’s 10 Best reader’s survey — and we’re the best beer city in the Southeast. With 26 craft breweries and four to five more on the way, Tampa Bay has plenty to explore. Where should you start? One essential stop is nightlife hub Ybor City’s Coppertail Brewing, which uses old-world techniques to concoct creative new tastes. Sip everything under the sun Another must-visit spot is Angry Chair Brewing in bustling Seminole Heights, where you’ll find staples and adventurous options alike. And the biggest local favorite of all is Cigar City Brewing, which brews classic styles with a Floridian twist. But, for a truly diverse taste of Tampa Bay, go to one of the many beer fests. Events Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival February 2017 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Put on your cowboy boots to try 60 craft beers and 40 bourbons, join the Drink Like a Lady or Tampa’s Best Beer Belly contests and more. Then top it all off with barbeque and a fine cigar. Florida Brewer’s Guild Annual Festival March 2017 Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park Head downtown with a few thousand other craft beer aficionados to kick off Tampa Bay Beer Week. Taste samples from more than 50 breweries and raise funds for the Florida Brewers Guild, a nonprofit association for craft brewers. Infamous 7th Ave in Ybor City FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 31